Surrounded by low rolling hills dotted with juniper and pinyon, this attractive lake is not only popular with anglers but also attracts water skiers, canoeists, and wildlife enthusiasts. The panoramic views seem to go on forever.
Located near Santa Rosa, NM the park is comprised of 500 acres of land in addition to the 3,800 acre lake. Elevation at the park is 4,800 feet. Park amenities include a group picnic shelter, restrooms, and showers. Camping facilities include 75 developed sites, some with electric hookups, and an RV dump station. There is also a primitive camping area called Los Tanos.
Santa Rosa Lake State Park Best Campsites: Juniper 4 and 11, and Rocky Point Loop B 4.
Santa Rosa Lake
PO BOX 384
Santa Rosa NM 88435
FROM HISTORICAL ROUTE 66 IN SANTA ROSA, NM, TURN NORTH ON 2ND ST. GO APPROXIMATELY 1/2 MILE TO EDDY AVE, AND TURN RIGHT(EAST). GO APPROXIMATELY 1 MILE AND TURN LEFT(NORTH) ON 8TH ST. 8TH ST WILL EVENTUALLY BECOME NM HWY 91. TAKE NM HWY 91 NORTH 7 MILES TO THE PARK.
The centerpiece of Santa Rosa Lake State Park is a large reservoir on the plains of eastern New Mexico. The park offers a variety of water recreation. Anglers are known to catch bass, catfish and walleye. Corps of Engineers visitor center has displays about area history, creation of the dam and natural history. Hiking trails wind through the wild areas around the lake. Eagles roost on snags at water's edge and on small islands on the lake. Also look for scaled quail, mourning dove and migrating osprey.
The park offers a variety of water recreation. Anglers are known to catch bass, catfish and walleye. The Army Corps of Engineers visitor center has displays about area history, creation of the dam and natural history.
The nearby town of Santa Rosa is famous for its natural sinkhole lakes, where divers from around the country come to learn scuba skills.